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Traditional Chinese Fused with American Flavors at Spicy City

We attended as a guest of Spicy City

The name may say Spicy City, but whether you like your Chinese food spicy or more on the mild side, you’ll find it here. Owner Tony Xu, who is originally from Hunan China, bought this restaurant located in Anaheim Hills and reopened in January of this year with the ambition of bringing both the traditional, authentic dishes he remembers from home along with more American-influenced Chinese style dishes that are popular here.

At a recent tasting, several of us were invited to try several of their dishes, some traditional and some American-influenced.

Traditional Dishes:

 20140805_051038Kung Pao Chicken

I love Kung Pao Chicken but too often the meat has an odd processed texture. Not so here! The cubes are marinated in a soy mixture and coated with a light ginger, garlic sauce and green onions. And of course it wouldn’t be Kung Pao Chicken without the roasted peanuts, which for me just make the dish. For Seinfeld fans, you may remember George Castanza sweating bullets when he ordered the Kung Pao Chicken. While plenty spicy, this does not have nearly that level of heat… unless of course you eat one of the red Sczechuan peppers.


Deep Fried Chicken Cubes

The Deep Fried Chicken Cubes with red dry chili and green onion were the spiciest dish of those we tasted and were one of my favorites.

20140805_050540Shredded Pork with Peking Sauce and Lotus Buns

I always like food I can build on my plate and this is one of those dishes. The pork is slightly crisp and the buns are nice and soft and balance the salty sweetness of the Peking Sauce with the raw green onion garnish rounding it out.

 20140805_051952Steamed Fish Filet with Hot Pepper

The Steamed Fish Filet with Hot Pepper is served with tofu in a ginger garlic broth that while a little on the salty side, would be great served with rice. While definitely spicy, it was not the hottest dish we were served and the crispy fried basil added a nice note to the dish. With a little less salt, this would have been one of my favorites.

Meanwhile, some of the more Americanized dishes include:

 20140805_045412 - Version 2Walnut Shrimp

The Walnut Shrimp was my favorite of the dishes. The shrimp is lightly fried and is crisp without dominating the texture of the shrimp. It’s coated with a tangy, slightly sweet creamy white sauce and topped with honey-crusted walnuts.

 20140805_045655Orange Flavored Chicken

This American influenced dish has Hunan origins and is mostly chunks of batter-fried chicken coated in a sweet, sticky orange glaze, and tossed with green onions. It’s mildly spicy.

 20140805_050729Beef with Broccoli

This is the perfect dish for steak lovers with more American tastes.

20140805_051300Vegetarian Option

There are also several vegetarian options including the Mixed Vegetables pictured here, Ma Po Tofu, Dry Sautéed String Beans, Chinese Greens with Mushroom, Home Style Bean Curd, Braised Bean Curd, Sautéed Spinach with Garlic, and more.

Located at 555 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road in Anaheim Hills, Spicy City is open for both lunch and dinner offering moderately priced lunch specials, an extensive dinner menu and a full bar.

Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the next for family and friends. She inherited her father’s life long passion for cooking and has spent the past two decades studying, reading, practicing, experimenting, and creating in the kitchen. Together, she and her sister, Shan are Simply Wilde, a small boutique catering business focusing on in-home entertaining.

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